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About Bulgaria: Bulgaria for Foreign Tourists

More than 90% of Foreign Tourists Who Visited Bulgaria in Summer ''05 Plan to Come Again, August Survey of Visa International Shows

Sofia, September 14, 2005 (BTA) - Seventy-five per cent of foreign tourists who visited Bulgaria this summer plan to come again, while 60 per cent regard shopping as a main priority during their holiday, shows a survey Visa International conducted among foreign tourists, the results of which were made available to the media. Seventy per cent of the respondents in the poll come from EU member states.

The survey was done in the end of August at the Bourgas, on the Black Sea, Airport with the aim to detect interesting trends in the money-spending habits of tourists.

Most of the respondents in the poll, 20 per cent, happened to be British, followed by Germans, 18 per cent, and Czech visitors, 17 per cent. Eight per cent were Russian tourists and 12 per cent, nationals of non-EU member states.

More than half of the respondents, 56 per cent, say low prices are the main motive to come to Bulgaria. A similar poll conducted in Croatia shows that tourists there are mainly attracted by the beautiful nature. Nine per cent of the interviewed in the Bulgarian poll state as their main motive to visit Bulgaria''s rich cultural heritage.

Shopping is the main priority during the holiday of 63 per cent of the tourists. Along with low prices, nearly 94 per cent of the respondents say they were pleasantly surprised by the excellent shopping opportunities in Bulgaria. Small stores are especially liked by the holiday makers: 59 per cent prefer them rather than markets and big shopping centres.

Eating in local restaurants and trying local specialties is highly appreciated by foreign tourists. Seventy-one per cent say they ate in restaurants during their holiday.

Two thirds of the respondents say they prefer seaside resorts and do not plan to visit other parts of Bulgaria.

Eighty-two per cent of the foreign visitors interviewed in the poll used the services of a travel agent while 70 per cent describe Bulgaria as a destination for family holidays, the poll shows.

Source: BTA

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